CHENNAI: A college student and his juvenile accomplice were arrested in connection with a serial theft of gadgets and six mobile phones were recovered from the duo. The two managed to buy a new Yamaha FZ bike-16 for Rs 78000 with the money got by selling the stolen mobiles.
The arrested were Vijay (20), a resident of Old Washermenpet, pursuing final year mechanical engineering in a government college in Minjur, and a 17-year-old catering student.
Following, a tip-off and with the help of the IMEI numbers of the lost mobile phones, the Anna Salai police arrested the duo and recovered around six mobile phones from it. Interrogations with them revealed they wanted to lead a lavish life-style. “The two used to snatch mobile phones from people walking on the road near Triplicane, Teynampet and Chepauk. They would come on a bike with helmets and commit the crime, so that nobody would identify them,” an investigating officer said.
“With increasing cases of mobile phones being robbed, we kept track of the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) numbers of the mobile phones and one number was traced. The stolen mobile was found to be used by a woman,” said the officer. Police traced the shopkeeper from whom thewoman bought the gadget and the identity of the two was established.